Sunday, March 31, 2013

Klipsch RC64 II Center Channel Speaker (new arrival)

It seems that the demand for a better center channel speaker has increased and we have to source for a potential candidate to satisfy our customers' need. In comes the Klipsch RC64 II center channel. Well, we guess we do not have to elaborate much about its size with the photos below.

Klipsch RC64 II (L) and Triangle Voce Ex (R)
Giant Unmasked

Oops! The rack suddenly looks small.

Assembled in U.S.A.

The Klipsch RC64 II center is currently on demo at our showroom alongside the Audio Physic Tempo 25 speakers, SVS PB13-Ultra subwoofer and BenQ W1070 projector.


  • HIGH FREQUENCY DRIVER: 1.75" (3.2cm) Titanium diaphragm compression driver mated to 90° x 60° square Tractrix® Horn
  • INPUTS: Dual binding posts / bi-wire / bi-amp
  • LOW FREQUENCY DRIVER: Quad 6.5" (16.5cm) Cerametallic cone woofers
  • MOUNTING: Uptilt and Downtilt feet
  • NOMINAL IMPEDANCE: 8 ohms compatible
  • SENSITIVITY: 99dB @ 2.83V / 1m
  • WEIGHT: 51.8lbs (23.5kg)
  • WIDTH: 35.8" (91cm) 
  • DEPTH: 13" (33cm) with grille  
  • HEIGHT: 8" (20.3cm)
Retail Price : RM6,499

Please contact Max 0176778820 or Benjamin 0163229428 for appointments or auditions.

We are open on Sundays!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Harmonix X-DC350M2R Improved Version power cord (used)


Length: 1.5m
Condition: 8.5/10. With box.
Price: RM4,000 (nego). Cash only.

Please contact Max 0176778820 or Benjamin 0163229428.

We are open on Sundays!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6

What Hi-Fi Awards 2012 Product of the Year - Music Streamers. It looks good, is easy to use, sounds great and has a list of uses longer than your arm: the Stream Magic 6 is an unequivocal success

Cambridge Audio was one of the first of the ‘traditional’ hi-fi brands to embrace digital music, and it continues to be at the forefront of innovation, following its popular DacMagic products with a line of streaming devices.

After the entry-level NP30, we have the Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6, billed as an ‘upsampling network player’ that’s capable of getting the best out of digital music files no matter how and where they’re stored.
What’s more, it’s ultra-flexible, able to operate as a network player, a DAC and even a digital preamp. Hi-fi quality is the name of the game, and the company’s ATF2 upsampler and Wolfson DACs are the players.

Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6: Connectivity
That’s the aim, anyway. So, how does the Stream Magic 6 make it happen? First, by offering a wide range of inputs and potential functions: wired or wireless, the Stream Magic 6 can connect to your home network and sniff out any PC or UPnP-compatible NAS device.

If you want to use it as a DAC or digital preamp, you can connect any AV device with a digital output – TVs, Blu-ray players, and games consoles (set to stereo, of course) – via the coaxial and optical audio inputs, and there’s a USB audio input too.
Once your source material is flowing in, you connect the Stream Magic 6 to your stereo amp via the standard RCA phono output or balanced XLR outputs. There are digital coaxial and optical outputs, too.
Want more connectivity? The £70 BT100 Bluetooth dongle, complete with support for the superior aptX codec, is available if you want to stream directly from a smartphone or other Bluetooth device.
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6: Hi-res audio
But it’s inside the Stream Magic 6 where the real magic happens. The device happily accepts AAC, FLAC, MP3 and WAV files, not to mention high-resolution content.

It can stream hi-res audio up to 24-bit/96kHz over a network, and you can also use the asynchronous USB input to handle all hi-res files including 24-bit/192kHz tracks played from a computer.
Apple Macs can output this as standard, but you’ll need to download the free driver from Cambridge Audio if you’ve a PC.
And the cleverness doesn’t end there. There’s a standard remote, of course, but the iOS and Android control app gives you more features, such as album artwork.
It’s the best way to use the Stream Magic 6 because, while the two-tone display is large and clear, it isn’t easy to read off-axis – and regardless, scrolling through a huge library with the remote isn’t fast.
The control wheel is a bit quicker, but the app makes the whole process far more enjoyable and simply quicker to get where you want.
However, the Stream Magic 6’s display does handily tell you not just what you’re listening to, but the quality of the file.
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6: Sound quality
We start with some 16-bit/44.1kHz FLAC rips from CD. Boards of Canada’s Pete Standing Alone sounds suitably chunky, with powerful, driving drums and good dynamics, stopping and starting each solid hit promptly.

The effects and percussion are a challenge to keep together, but the Stream Magic 6 simply has no issue, delivering an open, focused, detailed and thoroughly absorbing sound.
We decide to try the Cambridge Audio’s filters, as seen on products such as the Cambridge Audio DacMagic Plus. Adjust with a button on the remote, or the unit itself, to flick between three sound modes; linear phase, minimum phase and steep roll-off. The differences are subtle but it’s worth experimenting.
Stepping down the bitrate scale with a 320kbps MP3 of Arctic Monkeys’ Cornerstone, the player copes admirably. The recording isn’t the smoothest, yet vocals don’t toughen up even at high volume.

Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6
Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6: Internet radio
There’s still good separation of instruments and an impressive soundstage, too. The majority of internet stations and podcasts offer even lower-res feeds but, regardless, the feature – Aupeo, Rhapsody and BBC iPlayer Radio podcasts are all accessible – is a bonus.

Back to the good stuff: we try out some of our hi-res files. The Stream Magic 6 is happy with 88.2kHz content and makes the most of the extra detail; Barb Jungr’s voice sounds intimate and expressive, while the Scottish Chamber Orchestra sounds brilliantly natural as part of a scarily realistic soundstage.
Using the Stream Magic 6 as a preamp adds yet more flexibility. It’s a simple matter of turning the preamp mode on in the settings, at which point the control knob on the front of the unit becomes a volume control, while volume controls on the remote control and smartphone app (they’re particularly small in the app’s case) come in to play.
We run the balanced outputs to a power amp – there are unbalanced outputs too – and it works fine and sounds great, though obviously the quality of your power amp is crucial.

Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6: Verdict
The Cambridge Audio Stream Magic 6 is a brilliantly flexible device. No, it won’t stream the highest hi-res files, but there isn’t much content available to buy yet anyway.

Otherwise, we can’t really think of anything we don’t like about it: Cambridge Audio is still pushing boundaries when it comes to innovative music machines.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

BenQ W1070 3D projector on demo

3D projector has just become even more affordable! Recently, we have replaced our demo projector with the new BenQ W1070 that comes with 3D capability. 3D is the latest hype in today's home theater technology and it certainly adds fun while watching movies at a reasonable price.

Here's a review of the BenQ W1070:

Technology: DLP single chip
Native Resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)
Brightness: Manufacturer claim:  2000 lumens, 1711 lumens "best" mode after calibration, mid-point on zoom (brightest mode only slightly brighter)
Contrast: 10,000:1
Zoom Lens ratio: 1.3:1 Manual zoom and focus
Lens shift: Yes, vertical - limited
Lamp life: 3500 hours at full power, 6000 hours in smart eco mode
Weight: 5.84 lbs. (2.65 Kg)

Here's part of the summary of the review

The Very Bottom Line on the W1070 projector:

Almost every projector has some real strengths.  And every projector can be improved upon. 
At today"s consumer technology level, my personal take is that the BenQ W1070 is the best projector (with 3D capability under $1100), that I've encountered.  True, you can spend more and find projectors that are just as great values. There are definitely other fine projectors, all at least a little more that I respect, that I also praise, such as the Panasonic PT-AR100U, the Epson Home Cinema 3020, the Acer H9500BD, BenQ's own W7000, Optoma HD33.  Some of those have more features.  A couple have better blacks.  None mentioned, I think, can match this BenQ's shadow detail, and not one calibrates to a better balanced picture in terms of color.
Iron Man 2 image from the Epson Home Cinema 3020 projector.
The warranty's nothing to write home about, but one year is what most of the competition offers, as well.  There are a couple of two's and two three year warranties that I can think of, under $1600, but only one or two multi-year warranties around $1000 (in a 1080p projector).  The light leakage is more than most, and might be a noticeable issue in a dedicated home theater, but I'm sure not going to worry about it in a family room.

It's the picture folks. I talk about natural image.  This W1070 isn't that natural as described, because I almost exclusively used it with Brilliant Color On.  Most folks will prefer it on, unless in a really dark room,  thanks to the roughly 50% increase in brightness that results.  In that really dark room you won't need all the brightness, and it's where you are more likely to notice the minor downsides of Brilliant Color.  Turn BC off, and calibrate the BenQ with it off (something we didn't) and this W1070 likely has a really phenomenal image with that true DLP "look and feel". 
From Victoria Secret Fashion Show:
I only wish its black level performance produced blacker night scenes.  But then that's the stuff of mostly $2500 and up projectors.

In summary, on both Blu-ray disc and HDTV, the color is accurate and the picture easy to watch.  It's rather forgiving overall.  When it comes to the "wow factor", it should blow away all your friends.
This BenQ W1070 has a great picture for the bucks, and is as solid a value as I think you can find without spending a good deal more, and I'm not just talking a hundred or two.  Hey, it's cute too!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Audio Physic Tempo 25 review

Audio Physic Tempo 25 review by The Inner Ear Magazine

 Audio Physics Loudspeakers Model Tempo 25 The Audio Physics line is from Germany where precision engineering is a way of life. But while there is a lot of engineering in this design, and though important and of interest to the manufacturer and some audiophiles, I am of the opinion that engineering alone does not guarantee good sound. Therefore, this review is going to focus on the loudspeakers’ performance and sonic accomplishments when they are used in an audio system to reproduce music. However, the loudspeakers have numerous indicators that point at design proficiency and quality, likely based on Audio Physics’ 25-some years of experience. I have heard APs at trade shows, but have never auditioned them under controlled conditions, so I can’t comment on the company’s history and/or its past achievements. I do know that they enjoyed good press with the Tempo 25 — the 25th anniversary edition — often compared with the lower priced Tempo model, both belonging to the company’s high-end series. AP actually produces 22 models divided into four categories/series of loudspeakers and includes home theatre components.

The slim, immaculately finished enclosures are stylish and present a tastefully designed almost understated elegance that fits almost any decor. They are slightly tilted toward the rear (for time alignment) boast great single-wiring terminals and adjustable spikes. For a truly nice final touch, the supporting structure is covered with four black covers, which adds to the visual appeal and shows the company’s regard for precision as well as appearance — a touch of class. A number of finishes are available — check the AP website.

The Sound
For the initial auditioning session, I had the Tempos connected to the Genesis power amplifier, pre-amplified with the Allnick (tube) and a Dolan (solid state) designs, with the source components an Atoll CD player and Origin Live turntable/arm with a Dynavector moving coil cartridge and cabling by XLO and Argentum. Earlier, these electronics had been connected to a pair of Genesis 5.1 speakers (about $25K) and I have listened to the system for months thus familiarizing me with every component’s voice. I reasoned that by simply replacing the Genesis with the Tempos, I should get a pretty good first impression and a general idea of the Tempos’ sonic temperament. Well, it didn’t take long to find the speakers’ voice, but what should have been routine for this reviewer, became a bit of a thrill and a lot of anticipation. Thrill, because the Tempos sounded real good; and anticipation because I wanted to test them with the other amplifiers I had at hand — the Bryston 7BSST Squared monoblocks and the Atoll 400 series integrated amplifier.

With the Genesis power amp, the Tempos sounded entirely relaxed. I never had the feeling that the amp labored or that there were restrictions relating to dynamics. Surprisingly smooth highs, clear midrange and solid deep bass made this system sound musically pleasing with but a few slight upper midrange dips (around 900 -1000Hz). Outstanding imagery and the speakers’ knack to delineate detail, led me to believe that I am actually hearing the amplifier’s characteristics, while the loudspeakers faithfully reproduced the musical signal they received. That’s a good thing, of course. With the Bryston 7BSST-Squared connected, the Tempo 25s didn’t sound as relaxed as with the Genesis amp and, in fact, exhibited a bit of tension — the kind that borders on anticipation for things to happen. When I played back my favourite Beethoven recording of the 5th with Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony (JVC CD) my anticipation turned into appreciation as the speakers faithfully reproduced this very complex musical material. Basses and cellos —stage right, violas in the centre, first violins —stage left, percussion way back centre and horns and woodwinds just in front of the percussions. In other words, the loudspeakers easily recreated the space, the position of all instruments and the many subtle tonal shades and dynamics of the 50-some-piece orchestra. While I heard plenty of detail, I was impressed with the way it was presented, not as a highlight, but as a beautifully realistic blend and part of the orchestral arrangement. The loudspeakers’ ability to recreate a solid three-dimensional soundstage image was in the same league as the one I recently enjoyed at a live performance at the famous Musikhaus in Vienna. I believe that the Tempo 25s do not add spatial expansion or contraction, but do provide the impression of proper boundaries and out-of-the-box sound that doesn’t seem to emanate from their slim enclosures. The Bryston amps introduced a little more bass resolution and a slight increase in harmonics above fundamentals. The midrange segment from about 170Hz to 1300Hz was almost the same as with the Genesis amp, but in the mid-highs from about 2500Hz to 5kHz, the Bryston amps had a warmer tonal character with additional presence as this relates to harmonics. Top frequencies were identical with both amps and showed that the Tempos’ tweeters never sound edgy, extend well into the dog-whistle range and handle harmonics — the element that provides listeners with the essence of instrumental timbre and tone. Goes to show — there is never too much power even with an efficient loudspeaker.

The Atoll integrated amplifier, when connected to the Tempo 25s, didn’t impress me. While it did provide decent bass, mids and highs, this system combination lacked harmonics and sounded rather clinical (coldish) when compared with the other two amps. Nevertheless, imaging was great, resolution was in line with the other amps and I’d call the all-round sound quite good, but not yet high-end.

The Tempo 25s never sounded less than involving with all amp combinations, thus showing a relatively neutral quality. Though I didn’t have a good vacuum tube amp in house with which to try them, I’d say that any such design would sound great. However, in my system with the 700watt/channel Bryston 7Bs the Tempos reached peak performance elements usually reserved for much higher priced designs. Not only was the bass more harmonious and tighter than with the other amps, there was more of the midrange presence, better transparency at top frequencies and significantly better harmonic complement around fundamental tones. The company’s slogan No Loss Of Fine Detail is appropriate and spot on.

As with all system combinations, it is important pay attention to every component’s contribution to the end result — the music. Though manufacturers will make claims about the quality of their products, and there are, of course, specifications, it is wise to use the information carefully. It is best to listen and trust you own ears (or mine). Synergy has no guide and cooperative interaction is found only by trial and error. Some folks have developed a sixth sense, but most have to rely on their audio guru — and he/she could be wrong as well. Having said this, I believe that the Audio Physics Temp 25 loudspeakers feature a high degree of sonic neutrality and allow the electronics — amp, preamp and source component — to perform at their best (or worst, as the case may be). Therefore, the sound of your favourite components will be reproduced rather faithfully. This, of course allows the end-user to choose the kind of sound he/she prefers.

As the Tempo 25s were the first I have reviewed of the Audio Physics brand, I couldn’t compare them to the standard model or any others in the line-up. However, considering how well they performed, their build quality and their superb musical caliber, I can only recommend them to anyone looking for high-end sound at a relatively reasonable price.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A taste of Dual Concentric drivers

We were given an opportunity to 'test drive' two pairs of Tannoy Revolution series speakers. First out of the box is the bookshelf model called the DC4. The DC4's design is very compact and the famous Dual Concentric drivers are classy. The cabinet shape trapezoidal and they come with magnetic grilles. They are easy to drive and provide a sense of smooth vocal. 

Tannoy Revolution DC4 specs:
Recommended power: 20-100W
Impedance: 8ohm
Sensitivity: 89dB
Frequency response: 68Hz-34kHz

The larger DC6T floorstanders will provide more bass to thrill home theater fans.

Tannoy Revolution DC6T specs:
Recommended power: 20-175W
Impedance: 8ohm
Sensitivity: 89dB
Frequency response: 34Hz-35kHz 

We have also requested the center channel to compliment these two pairs of speakers to complete the home theater setup. These Tannoys will be in our showroom for a limited time only. Feel free to contact us if you want to have an audition.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

REL Q100E subwoofer (Used)

Consignment item. Without box. No warranty. With Neutrik cables.
Condition: 7/10.
Price: RM980. Sold.

Please contact Max 0176778820 or Benjamin 0163229428 for appointments or auditions.

We are open on Sundays!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

White Van Scam at PLUS Rest Area

Dear fellow readers,

It was brought to our attention by a fellow customer that there are individuals masquerading as Maxx Audio Visual staff trying to sell fake audio products at PLUS rest area. 

They wear blue collar t-shirt with Maxx Audio logo on it. They will park their Nissan C22 van at KL-Seremban R&R area. Their modus operandi is to pry on unsuspecting customers. They will claim that their boss asked them to take stock from Pasir Gudang or a location. Then, the storekeeper wrongly loaded the stock and there are extra few sets. They will show you the D.O. and claim that the imitation Denon model is selling at RM9,000 at KLCC or at other major shopping complexes. They  will offer very low price for the imatation Denon products.

We do not hire any individual to sell outside our premise. 

Beware of this white van scam!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

SVS PB12-NSD - Best of 2012 by Hi-Fi Unlimited

It is always good to see that SVS subwoofers being in the limelight. This time, Hi-Fi Unlimited has choosen SVS PB12-NSD as Best of 2012 for the subwoofer category.

To read more about it : Hi-Fi Unlimited - Best of 2012